Artist: Monogrammist LAM (French, active 1568–74)
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 16 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (41 x 24.1 cm)
Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number: 32.100.119
The monogram at one time was altered to read EDM and was interpreted as that of Étienne du Moustier. Restored now to its original form, it is clearly composed of the letters L, A, and M. No French painter of that time with corresponding initials is known. Recent research has discovered a photograph of a similar picture, now lost, once in a private collection in France. A half-length portrait of a man holding a book, it bore the same signature as ours, was dated 1568, but was more consistent in execution.